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November 17, 2005

Booker T. Washington post class

In class I had mentioned about how i thought it was interesting how he changed his speeches to address who is audience was, whether black, white, or both. I actually admire his approach. Its very smart if you think about it. People were criticizing his approach because it was taken in small steps, but slavery had been going on for a long time and it isnt just going to end right away with no problems. For the most part, Booker T. kept both sides happy and thats just what he needed to do. Although, his approach did work, in the small little steps that it did, he did have lots of critics from his own race. But, for him being one of the first people in his position and doing things in a peaceful manner he did a great job!!

Posted by MeredithBenson at November 17, 2005 2:09 PM


Good point, Meredith. He knew what his audiences needed at the time he spoke. Du Bois and others who followed were frustrated that Washington's old speeches, published in books, kept making the same points over and over again, while they felt the changing times required changing tactics. You're really hit on the core of the matter here.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at November 17, 2005 5:59 PM

Wow, In i think maybe a week i've gotten two comments from Jerz...WOHOO! A jerz comment. Im so excited.

Posted by: Meredith Benson at November 17, 2005 10:15 PM

More academic related...I think that Booker was right in using old speeches and doing things over and over again because that is what worked and that is what satisfied the people. Not only did he satisfy a majority of the black people but he also satisfied a majority of the white people!!!!

Posted by: Meredith Benson at November 17, 2005 10:17 PM